Youth Director Therapy: A Network of Godly Counselors

During the past year, I have been immensely blessed by a local Youth Centers Network that offers monthly meetings for the directors of youth centers in central Pennsylvania. A group of anywhere from four to 15 of us get together monthly to encourage one another, bounce ideas off of one another, share knowledge and experience with one another, and pray for one another. I honestly don’t know if I would have made it through the past year without the support, kindness, and perspective that is provided by this organization.

I have struggled to locate many other youth centers in York County (The Gap Youth Center in Mount Wolf, Pa., being the one exception thus far), but have been tickled by the extensive list of youth centers in Lancaster County, in particular. Cornerstone Community Ministries in Elizabethtown, Pa., Rainbows End Youth Services in Mount Joy, Pa., and Crossfire Youth Ministries in East Cocalico Township, Pa., are just a few examples of the youth centers I’ve been able to connect with and learn from. It is the prayer of this network that each small town and borough in the United States would have a Jesus-focused youth center available to reach out to hurting, unchurched youth with the Gospel.

Twice a year, the youth centers convene in a central location for an event for our youth. Last summer, I took a couple of girls from Red Lion, Pa., to Action Impact in Elverson, Pa., in Chester County for an outdoor summer picnic that included free food and swimming in a beautiful lake. In March of this year, my husband and I took two carloads of Red Lion teens to Overlook Roller Skating Rink in Manheim Township in Lancaster County, for an evening of roller skating with 100 teens from eight area youth centers. I was even treated to a free Christmas breakfast at the end of last year at Shady Maple Smorgasbord in East Earl, Pa.!

Last week I visited the Lighthouse Youth Center in Oxford, Pa., which is in Chester County, for some program and fundraising encouragement. And tomorrow I’ll be heading out to Honey Brook, Pa., in Chester County, to visit the Honey Brook Youth Center for the network’s April meeting for youth directors. Considering my lack of past experience when I took a leap of faith into this employment opportunity last year, this group has been a priceless benefit for me as the lone ranger running 18 South Youth Center in Red Lion on behalf of PTC Youth Services.

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P.O. Box 472
Red Lion, PA 17356

18 South Youth Ministries

18 South Youth Ministries strives to create opportunities for caring, responsible adults with Christian values to build authentic relationships with youth. The nonprofit operates 18 South Youth Center in Red Lion, Pa., which has reached more than 1,000 teens since it opened in November 2007.